Introduction

About 336,400 international students came to Canada in 2014, up from 184,150 in 2008, according to the Canadian Bureau for International Education. The country is the seventh most popular destination for international students, drawing about 60 percent of its overseas students from China, India, Korea, Saudi Arabia and France.

Canada’s education is known for quality and excellence across the entire global education sector. Great importance is given to learning and maintaining high standards of imparting education here. What’s makes studying in Canada even more conducive is the lower living costs and tuition fees for international students. Canada fosters diversified study options at Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma and MS (Master of Science) levels. Moreover, a number of Canadian institutions are involved in international research partnerships to study and address major world issues. Another beneficial aspect of studying in Canada is The ‘Walk Safe’ programs that help people access public transportation during late hours.

While international students can encounter hurdles studying in countries like the U.S. and the U.K., that’s not the case for Canada, whose government​ has made it a​ priority to welcome international students. In​ January 2014, the country announced plans to double the number of international students within its borders by 2022.

Large Number of Public Universities

Most of the universities in Canada are publicly funded and hence offer a standardized level of excellent education to students.

Low Tuition Fee

International tuition fee varies among different universities but overall the tuition fee for one academic year ranges from CAD$12,000 to CAD$18,000.

Recognized Education

Also a Canadian degree is world renowned and well sought-after by employers. It is available at a very affordable cost.

Easy Immigration

Students with Canadian credentials and work experience can easily apply for permanent residency without having to leave Canada.

Research Opportunities

Canada being a research driven economy offers ample opportunities for research in the fields of telecommunications, computers, medicine, agriculture and Environment.

Greater Safety

Canada is termed as one of the best places to live in thanks to friendly citizens and an extremely vigilant police force that makes Canada one of the most safest places in the world.

Top Universities

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Jobs in Canada

In Canada, work rights are available to international students while studying and also upon finishing a degree or diploma. Once international students arrive in Canada, they may also have a means to support themselves​.​ Through their study permit, students can work part time on or off campus​ ​during the school year, and full time during academic breaks. And when undergraduate students graduate, they can apply for a work permit which allows them to stay and work in the country for up to three years.

“The Canadian government has made a very conscious decision to look at international student recruitment as a way of immigration into Canada,” says Britta Baron, who oversees international programs at the University of Alberta. ​”The fact that students can stay on once they have finished is huge – and it’s not necessarily known around the world.”

Jobs during your Studies

Canada recently announced new regulations for international students. As of June, 2014, students do not need to apply for a separate work visa to work off-campus, and are eligible to work as soon as their program of study begins.

Canada provides extensive work and career opportunities for all types of students. Many institutions in Canada offer a co-operative education program. This is a structured program where students alternate between periods of work and study. This integrated curriculum is achieved through a partnership between the educational institution and industry.

Jobs after your Graduation

International graduates from Canadian higher education institutions also have the opportunity to work in Canada for up to three years following the completion of their program.

To work in Canada after you graduate, you must apply for a work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP). If you would like to look into staying in Canada as a permanent resident after you finish your studies, it is relatively easy to obtain permanent residency.

Here are the top 5 programs with the highest average salaries two years after graduation

Dentistry $99,706 99100%
Law $72,981 65100%
Medicine $65,333 65100%
Engineering $63,564 58100%
Nursing $62,248 55100%

TOP COMPANIES

Apple Air Canada
3M Exxon Mobile
Ford Motor General Electric
Google Boeing
Research In Motion Microsoft
Shell IBM

Application and Visa

Your past academic record is one of the most important deciding factors in securing admission to a college abroad. Most schools require you to have a reasonably good academic record especially for programs and courses offering a master’s or doctoral degree. You need to have a 4 year Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. If you have a three year degree or diploma you need to first complete a qualifying pre master’s program. Each university has its own minimum requirement for its programs, which are flexible depending on the candidate’s profile.

Many Courses and Universities in Canada require you to take one of the standardized tests like GRE, GMAT along with English Proficiency tests like TOEFL, TWE and IELTS.

GRE (Graduate Record Examination): GRE is a must for most Canadian universities but is optional for some programs. The minimum GRE score required to obtain admission varies from university to university. ETS is an organization that offers GRE Test Services.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): This test is mandatory for International students applying to a Graduate course or University in Canada. The minimum score required by most universities for admission is 570 (Paper-based test) and 100 (Internet-based test).Note:

Many universities and colleges also accept IELTS scores.

GMAT: For most management courses, International students are required to take GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test).

The personal essays, and/or statement of purpose, play a very important role in the process of evaluating your application for both admission as well as financial aid because it gives the faculty assessing your application a significant impression of you as an individual. This section is the key to distinguish your application from other suitable candidates and a chance to market yourself.

A personal statement should include your reasons for choosing a particular course, the suitability of your education and experience for the chosen course, your personal interests and career goals. Some courses like Business school courses will have their own essay questions and format. Others may ask for a résumé or reasons for applying to that particular course.

Letters of reference or recommendation letters play a very important part in your admission especially in courses that earn you a master’s or doctoral degree. A recommendation letter is a signed statement from a person who knows you well professionally or has taught you in a subject that is related to the course you are applying to. It should list your positive and negative qualities, strengths and other such information.

Students should obtain letters of recommendation (often on the prescribed forms sent by the institutions) from teachers who know them as a person as well as a student. You may like to request your recomender to give concrete examples that may show your qualities and help your case.

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

A number of professional and vocational courses require relevant work experience. For instance, many MBAs or master’s courses in information studies require at least a couple of years’ work experience. Most Canadian universities are quite strict about this, however there are some universities that have work experience as an optional requirement. The work experience requirement ranges anywhere from 2-5 years.

A detailed Résumé is an important part of your application. It should include all information of professional work experience along with the details like positions held, achievements and range of work.
Also if a student doesn’t meet the academic standards of a university but has relevant work experience, he/she can be admitted to the university on the basis of his/her work experience.

The student permit (student visa) allows an individual to enter Canada as a full time student at an accredited community college, university or any other institution. In order to be eligible to apply for a student permit, a student must be enrolled in a program of study that culminates in a degree, diploma or certificate and the institution should be listed under Designated Learning institutions (DLI) list authorized by CIC. There are three categories where students can file their visa applications which are S.P.P., General, and University. Visa applications may be submitted at any of the ten application centers across India. VFS Office provides information on procedures applicable to applicants who wish to apply for a visa to travel to Canada. Students have an option to lodge their Canada visa application through online link available at CIC website.

In Canada a student visa is often referred to as a ‘study permit’. The following are the steps in a visa process.
Step 1: Visa advice
Step 2: Collate visa documents

The general sets of documents you will require for your study permit application comprises:

  • Passport
  • Passport-size photographs
  • Unconditional letter of acceptance
  • Fees receipt (recommended)
  • Scholarship letter (if applicable)
  • Any relevant correspondence with the institution
  • Financial documents
  • Academic documents
  • Test scores
  • Work experience certificates (if applicable)
  • Medical report (if already undertaken).

Step 3: Check provincial guidelines
Step 4: Submit application through VFS Canada
Step 5: Provide additional information or documents
Step 6: Let you know the decision on your study permit application.

If you have studied at a Canadian university and have worked in Canada for three or more years, you can apply for permanent residency. Being a multicultural society the Canadian government welcomes immigrants and it is relatively easy to migrate to Canada.

Canadian Government chooses skilled immigrants as permanent residents based on their ability to settle in Canada and take part in the economy. There is a new system to manage how people with skilled work experience apply to immigrate to Canada. It is called Express Entry.

The Express Entry system has two steps:

Step 1) Potential candidates complete an online Express Entry profile

Potential candidates will complete an online Express Entry profile. This is a secure form that they will use to provide information about their:

  • skills,
  • work experience,
  • language ability,
  • education, and
  • other details that will help us assess them.

Candidates who meet the criteria of one of the federal immigration programs will be accepted into a pool of candidates.

Step 2) The highest-ranking candidates in the pool will be invited to apply for permanent residence.

Complete Student Visa Application Process

Education and Living Expenses

Canadian institutions offer lower tuition rates than many other countries, which means that international students can save considerably by studying in Canada. All Canadian universities receive public funding through their provincial governments, which allows for lower tuition fees and ensures all universities adhere to a code of academic standards.

Canada also has a slightly shorter academic year than the U.S., with college classes running September through April. The condensed schedule means a shorter winter break but more time for international students to work over the summer.

Education Expenses

Province Undergraduate Studies in Canada Graduate Studies in Canada (PG)
Newfoundland $7,260 $1,896 – 3,549
Prince Edward Island $7,510 $6,100
Nova Scotia $8,520 – 12,480 $4,329 – 15,000
New Brunswick $7,063 – 10,720 $5,610 – 8,465
Quebec $9,168 – 10,518 $8,268 – 20,000
Ontario $6,900 – 16,204 $5,432 – 29,000
Manitoba $4,940 – 6,900 $3,795 – 9,685
Saskatchewan $7,779 – 10,890 $5,313
Alberta $6,293 – 11,078 $5,298 – $19,200
British Columbia $4,462 – 15,870 $2,272 – $17,499

*Source: The Directory of Canadian Universities, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

MBA in Canada: Cost of studying a Canadian MBA

The tuition fee ranges from CDN $ 10,000 per year to $ 25,000 per year. In some Canadian Universities, it may go up to CDN $ 35,000 for the entire program. MBA programs in Canada are generally of 2 years

Other Costs

Air tickets: $500 to $2000 (depending when you finish your admission process and / or book tickets)

Health / Medical Insurance: $300 to $500 per year per person

Visa Fee: $125 (may change; check the VFS Canada website for updated information)

Living Expenses

Type Expenses
School-Provided Homestays $ 400 – $800 per month
School-Provided Residence/Dormitory $3000 – $7500 per year
Off Campus Housing $250 – $ 750 per month

Simply, the average cost of living per months including everything should be $600 to $800

The following break up may also be very useful:

Typical Cost (for reference)
Bus Fare One Way (local) $2.00 – $3.00
Average Restaurant Meal $10.00 – 25.00 per person
Movie $8.50 – $13.00
Letter within Canada $0.52
International Postage (letter) $1.55
One month’s lodging, one-bedroom apartment: $400 app.
Local telephone call: $0.25 Approx.
Modest restaurant meal: lunch $7/dinner $14 Approx.
Movie: $11.50 – $13 Approx.
Books & Supplies $ 1000 per year
Groceries $150 – $200 per month
Utilities & Sundry – $300 per month

Note: The cost of living is high in bigger cities like Toronto, Vancouver, MontrealAdd $250 to $400 for buying warm clothing since winters in Canada are cold and you may have to buy some additional clothing

Accommodation: Rent costs will vary greatly depending on where you study, and if you live on or off campus. If you choose to live off campus you will likely pay around $600 a month to rent a room and at least $1,800 a month to rent an apartment.

Living and Culture

When you think of Canada, you probably think of its picture postcard beauty – wide-open spaces, dramatic mountains, pristine forests and majestic lakes. What might not come to mind, however, is that Canada is a modern, progressive, open and tolerant multi-cultural society. Traditionally a country of immigrants, Canada has a policy of encouraging multicultural diversity and a healthy living environment. Officially a bilingual country, the two major languages spoken in Canada are English and French and over 200 languages are spoken across the country. Canadians love playing and watching sports. Popular sports include hockey, cross-country and alpine skiing, snowboarding, swimming, baseball, tennis, basketball, golf, soccer, hiking and curling. Canada has a number of high-profile sports teams competing in various Canadian and North American leagues. Going to see a live sporting event is a popular pastime for many Canadians. Many Canadians play sports in recreational or competitive leagues throughout the country. Most universities hold their own house leagues for a variety of sports. Joining a sports league is a great way to get involved in university life and stay fit. The students who come to Canada for education will definitely witness one of the most beautiful and natural locales in the world due to the picturesque scenery, majestic mountains, wealthy forests and crystal clear lakes combine to make it an ideal place to live in.

Over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered at more than 100 institutions nationwide—and, tuition is generally much lower than in other leading study abroad countries. Students can pursue their studies at one of Canada’s top universities for roughly half of what it would cost to attend an equally reputable program at a private US university.

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